‘Ahh leg day; that glorious day of the week where we train lower body.’ Said no one ever… It’s hardly a secret that leg day is infamously unpopular, with many people opting to train upper body in a desperate search for aesthetics. Whatever your opinion on leg day, in this post you’ll find out why it is never acceptable to skip legs! Check it out:
There are 101 reasons why people choose to skip training legs. With the most common being that people would rather train the visible muscles, such as arms, chest and shoulders. These muscles in particular are what make people more aesthetically pleasing from the outside looking in. Which is completely understandable, right? People want to look their best for their efforts. Although, what if I told you that symmetry, and a well-rounded physique is x10 more desirable. Would you be surprised?
Whatever your reasons for skipping leg day, here is my list of acceptable reasons for not hitting legs.
Acceptable reasons for not training legs:
- Doctor’s orders: If you’re actually injured, and have been advised to rest your legs or knees in particular then don’t sweat it. That’s completely understandable.
- You have no legs: Pretty self-explanatory
As you can see, the list is pretty short. Now I know what you’re thinking. Why should I train legs? No one can see them. What’s in it for me? Well, I’ve got you covered. Here are 5 reasons why you should never skip leg day:
1. You’ll look ridiculous
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking ‘I’ll be fine, no one can tell’. Because they can. Trust me. Whether you care what people think or not, it is in your own best interest to hit legs on a regular basis. It may be hard to tell at first, I’ll admit. However when you really begin to bulk up, and add muscle mass to your upper body, it quickly becomes clear that your lower body has simply been neglected…and it’s not a good look.
2. You’re missing out on a big boost (Bigger legs means bigger body)
The muscles in our legs are the biggest muscle group in our body, which surround the biggest joint (The knee). Therefore when we train legs at a high intensity, and a heavy load, we are rewarded with a large, natural testosterone, and growth hormone boost. This not only puts hairs on your chest, but also results in a quicker muscle growth for the whole body. Increased testosterone, can also increase our sex drive, and appetite. What’s not to love?
3. You’re more susceptible to injury
Now this is one that I’ve suffered with myself…and it sucks! The truth is, that sometimes you learn the hard way, but you don’t have to. Many people are under the impression that whatever sport they play trains their legs for them; whether that be football, cricket, or rugby.
However, what most people don’t realise, is that most sports put a lot of emphasis on our quadriceps, often leaving our hamstrings much weaker. This is a condition commonly known as ‘quad dominance’.
Common effects include: ACL, and other knee related injuries. The solution? Train legs!
4. You’re neglecting at least one of the three big lifts
The three big compound lifts are: the squat, the deadlift, and bench press. These compound lifts are essential for the development of core strength, due to their ability to engage so many muscles at one time. Obviously if you’re not training legs, you’re not squatting. Which is a unforgivable sin…
In conclusion you should never skip leg day… Training legs provides some essential health benefits. You’ll look better, your physique will look more symmetrical, you’ll be stronger, more powerful, and receive a huge testosterone boost! Shall I go on? In addition, you’ll be much less likely to get a lower body injury, and you’ll begin to receive all the benefits from those neglected compound lifts.
Now you’re finally going to train legs. Congratulations! Need a little guidance? Check it out: